Christian Observances

We celebrate with our Christian sisters and brothers.

Our Lady of Guadalupe 2013 by Sacred Heart Cathedral Knoxville / CC BY-NC 2.0

Our Lady of Guadalupe

We celebrate the Feast of Our Lady of Guadalupe on December 12th. On October 12, 1945, Pope Pius XII, decreed that "Santa Maria, de Guadalupe"(Our Lady of Guadalupe) was the "Patroness of all the Americas." The symbolism of Our Lady of Guadalupe is easily recognized by the Mexican people....

Saint Martin De Porres, OP

Saint Martin’s feast is celebrated on November 3rd. St. Martin De Porres, OP, a mulatto abandoned with his mother and younger sister by his Spanish father in 16th century Peru, grew up poor and marginalized.  He gave himself as a volunteer [donado] to the Dominican community in Lima and was...
Luther Memorial, Albersheinemann

Reformation 500th Anniversary

On Sunday, October 29, 2017, we commemorate and celebrate the 500th anniversary of the Reformation. The Reformation created a schism in the Catholic Church; Martin Luther is credited with initiating it with the posting of his ninety-five theses in 1517. Luther wanted reform and criticized real abuses in the Church...
Sculpture of Hildegard of Bingen by Karlheinz Oswald, 1998 by Gerda Arendt / CC BY-SA 3.0

Hildegard of Bingen

September 17th marks the anniversary of the death of Hildegard of Bingen, named a Doctor of the Catholic Church by Pope Benedict XVI on October 7, 2012. We celebrate the anniversary of her death by sharing this poetic vision of her faith....

Saint Dominic

On August 8, Dominicans celebrate the feast of Saint Dominic! Dominic is our patron and the founder of our Dominican Order (the Order of Preachers). Dominic was described as joyful and prayerful, one whose preaching challenged the heresies of his day. The Dominican motto is veritas (truth) and it is...

Saint Ignatius

On July 31st, we join in celebration with our Jesuit Brothers on the Feast of Saint Ignatius, their patron and founder. Saint Ignatius of Loyola (1491–1556) was a priest, theologian, and spiritual director who is best remembered and celebrated for two primary gifts to the world – the Society of...
Abrazo de Jesús by Félix Hernández, OP.

Saint Mary Magdalene

The feast of Saint Mary Magdalene is July 22nd. Mary of Magdala is one of the renowned and celebrated women who followed Jesus. Scripture tells us that seven demons were cast from her but scripture permits interpretation about what that means. The memory of Mary has been maligned by the...
Kateri Tekawitha by Wally Gobetz / CC BY-NC-ND 2.0

Saint Kateri Tekakwitha

July 14th is the feast of Saint Kateri Tekakwitha, an Algonquin-Mohawk woman. She is colloquially known as the Lily of the Mohawks.  Saint Kateri became Catholic at the age of nineteen and at her baptism she was named Catherine after Saint Catherine of Siena. Saint Kateri was a holy woman...
Catherine Of Siena by JD Warrick / CC BY-NC-ND 2.0

Saint Catherine of Siena

Saint Catherine of Siena was a great Dominican saint. She dedicated herself to prayer, she contributed to the study of theology, and she was involved in her world. She worked for peace and the transformation of Church and society. ...